The August CreativeMornings shindig is just over a week away from happening, so lets take a moment to learn more about our speaker: Meet Sarah!
Who are you?
I know myself as love
What gets you up in the morning?
The potential in every amazing day to give, love and learn
Explain what you do in Five words or less.
I unify and synthesise
What’s a surprising fact about you?
I have had my thin, straight hair permed twice in an obsessive afro quest (as yet unsuccessful)
What is your favourite thing about Auckland?
Without doubt it is the phenomenal humans who live here. There is so much energy in this city, so much positivity and growth. On a personal level I know that it is my amazing community of excellent humans, innovating at all levels with a visceral commitment to the greater good, who will be journeying Auckland into an extremely bright future. I get very very excited when I think about what it means to be part of this, and this is why I am wholeheartedly committed to this city.
Best breakfast you’ve ever had?
Sam Chapman, one of the genius creative minds behind The Matterhorn and Golden Dawn, is an old and dear friend and is renowned for his outta sight, restorative breakfasts. The one that springs to mind was a decade ago on the morning after Sam’s legendary 30th birthday, at a friend’s batch in the Wairarapa bush. We were all still pretty bung as the night morphed into the morning but in true Chapman style he rejuvenated us all with a long table laden with kai made from scratch, with love. I loved that breakfast, good food with dear friends in nature. Ka pai.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
My Dad once told me, one day as I traumatized myself that I wasn’t making enough ‘Real Difference’ in the world, that ‘All you can do is all you can do’. I love this idea cos while it speaks of a real, ego-less commitment that can only come from reflection and self-knowledge, to me it is also an important message that all people can contribute to the greater good in whatever capacity is right for them and their lives at a certain time.
Who would you love to hear speak?
What’s your Secret Superpower?
I actually take superpowers pretty seriously. I once attended a professional development session in NYC, run by Noam Chomsky. He said his superpower was ‘the organising of popular opinion’. So freakin cool. I am no Noam Chomsky, but my superpower has a similar role of unifying and synthesising humans, albeit at a more micro level…..My superpower is that I am a love projector. I take particular joy in projecting a loving energy into weird and fascinating spaces, such as subway cars in NYC, and connecting with other humans. If you want deets, check out my blog for my different practices.
When at first you don’t succeed…
…be interested in what is coming next for you, cos not ‘succeeding’ simply means that another path has opened up.
Sarah Longbottom will be speaking speaking at CreativeMornings on Friday 29 August, hosted by Vodafone. Full details here.
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The sweet peeps at CreativeLive have chosen some of their favorite CreativeMornings quotes for your perusal on their blog, including this gem from Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar founder Deanna Yang …
Discover their full list of favourites here…
Gorgeous lettering of a quote from CreativeMornings/Washington, DC by Carolyn Sewell. Quote by Joshua Cogan. Printing by Westland Enterprises. Photo by Jackie Titus.
CreativeMornings with Sarah Longbottom
August 29, 8.00 - 9.30am
Failure. It’s kind of a dirty word. Nobody likes to fail, and there’s a certain stigma that makes it hard to even admit to your failings. But often it’s the lows of failure that motivate us to become better. That’s something Sarah Longbottom, this months speaker, believes with all her heart.
Sarah is a creative thinker, social entrepreneur and love projector who aims to unify and synthesise human interactions for greater collaborative good.
Sarah honed and flexed her agentic self in mainstream and residential youth justice classrooms, and was instrumental in the development of nationwide pedagogical leadership in alternative education. Both the outstanding excellence and jaw dropping inadequacies of our education system inspired Sarah to take her learnings and develop an innovative model of youth development through creativity, based on the core values of love and acceptance, and collaboration and community.
Despite Sarah’s artistic talents extending only to the drawing of (fairly expressive) stick figures on a white board she is now the head of an award-winning arts organisation that supports rangatahi outside of mainstream education to fulfill their potential.
Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative is developing a world class community cultural development framework that will be seen as the go-to model for empowering marginalised youth through creative arts, mentoring and mindfulness practice.
Sarah will be redefining ‘failure’ is an immense opportunity for personal and societal growth. She will describe the pedagogy of love that sits at the core of the Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative programs, designed to re-engage rangatahi who have ‘failed’ and been excluded from the mainstream education system. She will discuss how love, mindfulness practice and the spaciousness that these practices create can enable the transformational power of creativity, artistic process and public performance.
Join us on Friday August 29th at 8am for a discussion around how our failure should be embraced, not swept under the carpet.
There’s always such a lovely atmosphere in the room at a CreativeMornings talk, and such an interesting mix of people who join us for a bit of early morning inspiration. We love our amazing CreativeMornings/ Auckland community muchly, so we’re making a concerted effort to take a minute to get to know you guys a little better.
This week: Meet Natasha!
Save the Date!
Our next CreativeMornings will be on August 29, with Sarah Longbottom, founder and Creative Director of Creative Arts Initiative Nga Rangatahi Toa talking to this month’s topic of Failure! More details soon…
This month’s theme might be Failure, but it’ll be anything but a flop. Chosen by our Singapore chapter, we were excited to have photographer Bill Wadman depict it in his conceptual, narrative style (above).
To make sure your month is an epic success (not a failure), be sure to find an event near you by checking upcoming events here and find out more about the lineup here.